Stolen vehicle recovery and confiscating narcotics top the list of recent successes for an SA Army infantry unit doing duty as part of Operation Corona, the national border protection tasking.
Elements of Mthatha-based 15 SA Infantry Battalion are in northern KwaZulu-Natal on the borders with eSwatini and Mozambique.
The unit’s Bravo Company, working the Pongola area of the eSwatini border with police confiscated an undisclosed amount of Mandrax and cocaine at stop and search operation. Another 15 SAI patrol spotted a man, attempting to cross the border. On being hailed he dropped what he was carrying and ran back to the safety of eSwatini. Soldiers found about two kilograms of dagga with an estimated value of R24 000 in the discarded bag.
Soldiers on foot patrol in the vicinity of Ndumo’s Gates 6 and 7 recovered two vehicles. One, a Toyota Hilux, is valued at R450 000 and the other one is not identified apart from it being abandoned.